Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the retrospective fee hike in IP University colleges is expected to be rolled back by tomorrow.
The file in this regard has been sent to the Lt Governor for his approval, he said.
The Directorate of Higher Education had asked the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University to implement the revised fee structure on the basis of the recommendation of an eight-member panel re-constituted by the government.
“IP univ students met me this morn also. Pl don’t worry. File sent to LG. Hopefully, fee hike will be cancelled by tomo (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said he has sent the file on the roll-back to LG Najeeb Jung for his approval.
Under the revised fee structure been implemented, an MCA student who pays Rs 96,600 per academic session at Banarasidass Chandiwala Institute of Information Technology, would have to shell out Rs 1,20,000 per academic session from 2013 onwards.
Meanwhile, amidst allegations that the agitating students were threatened by colleges not to approach the government, Sisodia has ordered that the Director (Higher Education) may instruct university authorities that no private college can take action against any student in this matter and any such move would be viewed seriously.
In his order, the Deputy Chief Minister further said it is the considered opinion of the government that the right to protest and right of dissent are fundamental rights of the students.
A notification issued last month by Shiv Kumar, Director (Higher Education), said “the government has decided that the fee proposed for 2013-16 by the State Fee Regulatory Committee (SFRC) be notified for the period 2014-17. For courses having a duration of four years and five years, the fee notified by the government will be applicable for their entire duration.”
The new fee structure is based on the recommendations of the SFRC, set up by the Delhi government on February 1, 2013, to determine the fee for courses in privately-managed institutions in the national capital and to perform the functions assigned in the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee, Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non-Exploitative Fee and Other Measures to Ensure Equity and Excellence) Act, 2007.
The notification is based on a report by the government-appointed eight-member panel re-constituted on February 13, 2013, headed by former Delhi Chief Secretary Ramesh Narayan Swamy to determine the fee for courses in privately-managed institutions under the IP University in Delhi and NCR.
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